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Traitor’s Blade (Greatcoats #1) by Sebastian de Castell

Traitor's Blade (Greatcoats, #1)Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Greatcoats are the magisters by the king’s law. His personal army of sorts. Their job is to travel all around the nation and pass on judgements based on the laws. Falcio, the protagonist, is one of the greatest and closest to the king.
When one day, the kingdom is sieged and the king is assassinated. Now, the world is being ruled by the Dukes and the law is in tatters, and the greatcoats are considered traitors.
Falcio, among the others in the army, has been given by a final order from the king. To find a chariot and somehow that will help the nation get it’s footing back.
Along with his two greatcoat companions, Kest and Bastri, he’s in a journey at the beginning of the novel. To find the glory that has lost to their kingdom. Great adventures await in this book after that.
The best part about this novel is characterization. Falcio has a dark past and is haunted by that, but that doesn’t let his spot on humor fade. The different personalities of the three main characters, and the amusing first person lenses with which we get to see the world in. The story was a delight to read even in all its dark story.

The three of us invented ‘punch-pull-slap’ some time ago. One of the things you discover after you’ve been wounded enough times is that the body really only keeps track of one source of pain at a time. So, for example, if your tooth hurts and someone pokes you ine the stomach, your body momentarily forgets about the tooth.
So, the way this is supposed to work is like this: Brasti punches me in the face, Kest pulls the arrow out of my legand then Brasti slaps me so hard my brain never has time to register the bolt and therefore I don’t scream at the top of my lungs.

The story is packed with beat-by-beat fight scenes. And the action is too much fun to read. The characters have a really dark humor, making it even more amusing.

“I’m bored.” Brasti said. ‘Is there any way I could possibly just kill you now and then we could go and– I don’t know– play games with your head?’
‘I don’t think you would have much fun tossing my head around like a ball, Trattari. Trust me, I’ve triedit more than once and even a traitor’s head just gets soggy after a while.”

The one problem I did had with the book was the rushed ending. Too many things happened too quickly to even digest, that’s why it took me so long to review. I just didn’t understood all that happened all at once in the end.
The story overall had an extremely fast pace as well. We don’t get to see much of the world, and the glimpses at the backstory are sparse as well. Though the whole picture of Falcio’s journey to where he is now gets clear with time, the world still remains vague and felt unexplored.
But all in all, it’s a great start in a great new fantasy series. And I am definitely going to continue on with this one and will highly recommend it to others as well.
Here’s too hoping that the world get more screen time in the next book. (since I read digital copies, this metaphor turns out to fit perfectly. 😉 )

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

HeartlessHeartless by Marissa Meyer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although I haven’t watched or read the original Alice in Wonderland, and I am kinda newbie to this world. The retelling of the origin story of its main villain, queen of hearts, is just perfect without all that background knowledge.
We get to see the world through the eyes of a simple, cute girl, with simple dreams. But fate has more in store for her. An opportunity to become a queen isn’t exactly what she had hoped for her life. Instead, her dream was to open a bakery and live a life full of wonder and fulfillment. The way everything else plays out against her and the inevitable fate of becoming the queen of hearts press on her. Closing all other doors, one by one, Meyer does a great job of making her journey heart-touching and tragic.
The poor parental role, the seemingly beautiful but actually frustrating society. All going against her. It was a heart-touching and frustrating journey all at once. The hatred I felt for most of the characters was real.
The story seemed sagging at the middle, but the beginning was interesting and the end was just as brutal as the origin story of her ought to have been.
The only thing that frustrated me to no end was the role of the king. He seemed such a cardboard character. Even though his idiocy was showed intentionally, I had a hard time swallowing this character. And the character of her parents was pretty frustrating too. Though that was part of the story, but for peoples these days, they are kind of hard to even bear in a story.
The romantic interest was amazing as well. Jest is the kind of character that was easy to like and relate with. His backstory and characterization had the depth that I feel so much missing in the heroes these days.
Overall, a good story that I loved and adored at times, and hated because of the things happening inside it on others. That’s how Meyer made me feel, the story was active in adrenaline department as well. Kind of a nice breather for the author after the whole madness of Lunar chronicles.

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